The Chechen Republic is run by a military dictator named Ramzan Kadyrov, who also happens to run a mixed martial arts program. As he’s begun pushing the promotion outside of Chechnya, one of the things that has come under scrutiny is the treatment of gay men in his republic. Many reports of targeted torture and murder of gay men have surfaced.
Kadyrov sat down with HBO Real Sports’ David Scott in his first Western TV interview in years. The interview airs July 18.
HBO’s David Scott: “I wanted to ask you about the alleged roundup, abduction, and torture of gay men in the Republic. What, Mr. President, do you want to say about that?”
Ramzan Kadyrov: “Why did he [Scott] come here? What’s the point of these questions? This is nonsense. We don’t have those kinds of people here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada. Praise …
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